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For the 4th of July I went to the free concert they had near the Art Museum here in Philly. It featured popular acts like Ne-Yo and J. Cole so it attracted a younger kind of reckless, ratchet crowd (smoking weed, fighting, getting drunk).   I couldn’t believe it when I saw young women with their newborns fighting through the crowd and it made me wonder, “Why would anyone bring their newborn here?”  The toddlers that were scattered throughout the crowd were bored as well because all they wanted to do was skip John Mayer so we could get to the fireworks.

As a single twenty-something with no kids of my own I try not to pass judgment to parents who are trying to calm a cranky newborn in the Wendy’s when I just want to eat my baked potato in peace during my lunch break. Parents have to eat too and just because you’ve decided to become a parent doesn’t mean you should be confined to the four walls of a nursery for the first five years of your child’s life.  But when you’re sitting in the nail salon waiting for your French manicure you also have to consider that for other patrons this is a time to unwind, which can be very difficult when you have a toddler bobbing for bath toys in the foot spa. You have to consider that some places are just plain unsafe and boring for your child. I feared for my own safety on the 4th of July in a crowd of half a million people; I could only imagine what would happen to those newborns if a stampede erupted. Take a look at 11 places that are best left to the adults.

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